Ludwig van Beethoven's "An die ferne Geliebte", Op 98, is considered the first song cycle in music history. It is interpreted here by Thomas E. Bauer (baritone) and Nikolaus Rexroth (piano). The concert took place at the Beethoven Festival 2020 at the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic in Yekaterinburg.
The years 1814-1816 were a time of crisis in the life of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). After the great and successful works of his middle creative period, the composer, who was almost completely deaf and increasingly lonely at the time, turned inward. One result of this reorientation was "An die ferne Geliebte" (To the Distant Beloved), Op. 98. For Beethoven biographers, the song cycle therefore also marks the beginning of his late creative period, a time full of radically uncompromising, even revolutionary, works.
The song cycle was based on poems penned by Austrian physician, journalist and writer Alois Jeitteles, who had previously sent them to Beethoven. "An die ferne Geliebte" (To the Distant Beloved) has long been interpreted as an expression of the composer's state of mind as he inwardly bids farewell to an impossible love. However, more recent research suggests that the distant beloved does not illustrate Beethoven's own relationships, but rather memorializes the wife of the dedicatee, Prince Lobkowitz, who died in January 1816.
( 00:20 ) 1. Auf dem Hügel sitz‘ ich, spähend
( 03:06 ) 2. Wo die Berge so blau
( 04:44 ) 3. Leichte Segler in den Höhen
( 06:16 ) 4. Diese Wolken in den Höhen
( 07:09 ) 5. Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au
( 09:24 ) 6. Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder
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